Cake Mix Cookies
These cake mix cookies are the easiest cookies you will ever make! With only four ingredients and no chilling, these cookies are ready in 20 minutes flat!
If you haven’t noticed, I seriously love baking. There’s something so therapeutic for me when it comes to baking. If I’ve had a really bad day, I’ll come home and bake away in the kitchen for a few hours. While it can be a good way to relieve some stress, I quickly snap back to reality when I see the mess I’ve made in my kitchen.
Sometimes I want to bake something, but not have to deal with the cleanup afterward. This is one of the many reasons I love this cake mix cookie recipe. They’re super easy to make and you only need one bowl to mix them up. No crazy amount of dirty dishes, no major cleanup, just five minutes of your time, and then pop them in the oven for another 10 minutes. Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about these cookies made with cake mix!
I’ve brought these cookies to parties a few times and they always get rave reviews. Oh, and they taste like cake batter and are perfectly soft. Have I convinced you to go make these cookies yet?
These cake mix cookies couldn’t be simpler to make! Here’s everything we’ll need for this recipe:
- Boxed cake mix: I used a box of Duncan Hines French Vanilla cake mix for this recipe, but feel free to use any flavor that you prefer!
- Oil: Use a neutral oil, like vegetable or canola.
- Eggs: Need to be room temperature before being mixed into the dough.
- Sprinkles: Optional, but highly recommended.
How to Make Cookies From Cake Mix
All you need for these cake mix cookies is a box of cake mix, two eggs, a little oil, and whatever add-ins you prefer. Easy peasy, right?! Mix together all the ingredients to form the cookie dough.
Once you mix the dough up, just scoop it into balls, and bake the cookies in the oven. No chill time required and you can be eating cookies in less than 20 minutes.
Can I Use Another Kind of Cake Mix?
Yes! Use any cake mix you’d like for this recipe. I used a vanilla cake mix, but this recipe can also be used to make yellow cake mix cookies, chocolate cake mix cookies, and so forth.
- Add the boxed cake mix like you would any dry ingredient. Do NOT add the extra ingredients called for on the side of the box.
- Wait to add the sprinkles to the cookie dough until the rest of the dough comes together, otherwise you’ll wind up with discolored cookies.
- I formed these cake cookies with about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie.
More Easy Cookie Recipes to Try!
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Soft & Chewy Monster Cookies
- Classic Sugar Cookies
- Brownie Cookies
- Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Cake Mix Cookies
- 1 (16.25 oz.) box cake mix
- 1/3 cup oil
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, oil, and eggs. Once combined, mix in the sprinkles.
- Drop rounded balls of dough onto the prepared cookie sheet, about two tablespoons for each cookie.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.
These are the best cookies I’ve ever had.
Way too sweet. But, if you have a super sweet tooth, then this is for you. I added a little butter extract to make it less sweet, but didn’t help. I will say they came out perfect for a Christmas in July party novelty . I was going to toss them, but they looked pretty. I sprinkled the sprinkles on top of the cookie before baking them. I really was hoping to love them.
It took a lot longer than 10-12 minutes for me…any idea why? My oven is at the correct temperature. I went to check them and they were still gooey
The cookies will still be soft after 10-12 minutes, but they’ll firm up as they cool on the baking sheet.
These are amazing! I made them as an afternoon snack for my kids on this glorious national cookie day. They melt in your mouth. I used a funfetti mix. Right out of the oven I sprinkled with white chocolate chips. After a few minutes, I spread the chips around and topped with rainbow sprinkles. Your recipe rocks! Thanks so much for sharing. ❤ from WI
But can you use butter instead of oil
I’ve only ever used oil. You probably could use butter, but you may need to adjust the amount slightly since it’s not quite the same as oil.
I use butter and they come out wonderful. I melt my butter first and then add everything to that.
These were great. I always make “oreo” cookies using Devils food cake mix, and make them sandwich cookies using cream cheese icing. I had icing leftover so I wondered if I could use ANY cake mix with the same results – and yes! I made these into sandwich cookies as well but they would also be great just on their own.
I took half the dough and added the sprinkles. The other half, I added a tablespoon (more or less) of cocoa powder and mixed it in. They both tasted GREAT and so easy!!
Hi there, can I go by the ingredients listed on the box required for making cake/cupcakes?
I’m not quite sure what you mean, Sophia? If you go by the ingredients on the box the batter will be too runny to make cookies. My recipe just uses some oil and eggs with the cake mix and is very thick, similar to cookie dough.
So easy (I know for sure) and pretty (I bet) if you follow the simple instructions. I read the ingredients, flung them into the bowl at once and lo… grey cookies. Never the less,they were delicious and goulish. So me. Add the sprinkles at the very end. ; )
Pretty good gotta say they were very messy to make though I put marshmallows and chocolate chips in them and they were really good though also used olive oil instead of canola oil dont know if that makes a difference but tasted good!
Literally THE best cookies ever! They are so simple and great for an afternoon snack!
These were honestly the best i’ve ever had.
Great recipe! My wife and I made it and the batch was perfect.
I just baked these cookies using my last Betty Crocker Yellow Cake mix. I substituted most of the oil for fat free Greek Yogurt and made up the difference with about 1 tablespoon of Grapeseed Oil. I also added an extra egg. The cookies are delicious. As I live alone, the two and a half dozen cookies will last me quite a while. Next time I make them, I’ll be sure to have extra ingredients in my pantry.
Delicious! I added 1 tsp of vanilla and no sprinkles. Perfect for a sweet snack with a cup of coffee or tea! Next time I am thinking of adding dried cranberries! Another thought these would make the perfect of an ice cream sandwich with some chocolate ice cream in the middle!
Years ago a cashier at the dollar store was talking about making cookies from a cake mix. It was the strangest thing I’d ever heard! He said it was so simple he could tell me right now so he did. It was so simple I was sure I could remember it and try it that night. Of course, by the time I got back to the office, it was gone. Every person I asked thought I was nuts. Nobody at work knew how to make these cookies. Not even the matron ladies at church! In fact they asked why I would ever want to to use cake mix for cookies? Cake mix is for making cakes!
Fast forward 25 years to today. While baking a cake (from a cake mix) that man popped into my head. Then I realized the internet probably knows the recipe! And here I am. So relieved I found it! Thank you!
PS – I really like your place! (website).
I’ll let you know how it goes. Lemon cake mix will be my first attempt. Going to the store right now!
So glad you found my site, Laura! Hope you enjoyed the cookies!
My cookies are very good I used one TBS
And their still great but do they diflate their puffiness when cooking?
I’m not quite sure what you mean, Holly. The cookies will spread as they bake in the oven.
Love your recipes. I make varieties of these fairy often and they always turn out great. I use a small icecream scoop with release to form cookies from the dough and they spread perfectly every time. Each cookie is same size and shape too.
Thanks for sharing your recipes and tips.
Could I roll these out and use shape cutters or do they have to be ball fulls?
The dough would be too sticky to roll out, I do have a cut-out sugar cookie recipe here though.
can you use yellow instead of white cake mix
Yes, that’s fine!
How bout using just one egg to make fudgier when using chocolate cake mix? Works with brownie recipes
I’m not sure, I haven’t tried it.
Fun activity for a youth group. Low cost…bring a buck or two. Have kids choose from a variety of chips, sprinkles, etc.for their own unique production. Eat half and take half to shut ins (or pastor or club leader…or for a mixed plate exchange)
Any creative ideas for holiday variations? Other than sprinkles the color of the season?
You could add some food coloring or use a different cake mix flavor based on the holiday.
Could you use apple sauce in place of oil do you think to make healthier? Can’t wait to try!
I haven’t tried it, but it would likely change the texture of the cookies.
We have been making these for years! My girls make these weekly, as of late! They love making different varieties. Lemon, strawberry, spice cake, chocolate fudge, vanilla, sprinkles. Endless possibilities!!! They love topping them with a little buttercream! Yummy!
I made this with a gluten free cake mix. Here’s what I learned: The dough was pretty crumbly and could probably use a bit more oil. Also the cookies don’t flatten out as they bake and need to be flattened prior to baking.
my batter is very gooey and runny, any idea why? it’s super sticky and hard to handle, any tips to prevent this?
The batter will be sticker than regular cookie dough. You can refrigerate it for 30 minutes to 1 hour and that should make it easier to scoop.
Super simple cookies. I used a box of Funfetti cake mix and only added 1 tablespoon of sprinkles. My son and I think they are great. My daughter doesn’t, hence only 4 stars. However, she is going through a picky eater stage right now, so please don’t hold that against her. I plan to do these again.
I was wondering that myself. Mine look cute puffed up, but the last tray I pressed them down a litte before I baked them so they would bake a little flatter. It doesn’t make them taste any differently (still delicious) just fit the cookie jar better.
These cookies are amazing!!!! Made them for a client and they loved them also.
My Pillsbury cake mix is 15.25 oz. Is there a typo in your recipe?
It’s not a typo, I just used a different brand of cake mix. I’ve used cake mixes that are slightly different sizes and they all work, so yours should be fine to use!
These cookies turned out great . Soft and delicious. Thanks!